Published on the Packaging World Web site
| April 30, 1999
Congress continues to ponder requiring country-of-origin labels on some imported foods, including beef and lamb. Package labels would indicate the origin of the meat source and the percentages of both domestic and imported meat when they are blended, as in ground beef.
The American Meat Institute estimates that a labeling requirement like this will cost more than $1 billion per year with no benefits to consumers or industry. This figure includes everything from new labels to record keeping to oversight to potential lost meat trade. Many legislators acknowledge that the measure is designed to help struggling U.S. cattle and meat producers who face low livestock prices.
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